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Islanders 4, Canadiens 3

Three goal second period fueled Isles' victory over the Habs

Thursday, 11.17.2011 / 10:21 PM / News
By Brian Croce
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Islanders 4, Canadiens 3
With the help of four second period goals, the Islanders cooled off the surging Montreal Canadiens and snapped a five-game winless streak, by taking a 4-3 victory on Thursday at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders improved to 5-8-3 as four different players scored goals. Despite having won seven of their last 10 games, the Canadiens could not come all the way back after the Islanders jumped out to a 3-0 lead and drop to 8-8-3 on the season.

Early in the first period, while the Canadiens were on their second powerplay of the game, Yannick Weber ripped a shot that Evgeni Nabokov turned aside, but he suffered an injury that forced him out of the game. Rick DiPietro made his second relief appearance of the season, making 24 saves on the night.

Mark Streit scores at 9:08 of the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at Nassau Coliseum on November 17, 2011. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The game was scoreless through one period, but it didn’t take long for the Islanders to convert in the second as they found the back of the net just 41 in. Budaj misplayed the puck behind his net and PA Parenteau made him pay, putting the Islanders up 1-0. The puck dribbled off the end boards and in front of the net for an easy tip-in for Parenteau.

Later in the second, Jay Pandolfo converted a cross-ice pass from to notch his first goal as an Islander and his 100th National Hockey League goal of his career.

“It was just nice to just get a goal,” Pandolfo said. “It’s nice to get a win most importantly. We’ve been struggling as of late, so it was big for us to find a way to get a win tonight.”

Matt Martin had a puck go off his skate in the offensive zone and took out two Montreal defensemen trying to track it down. That enabled Mark Streit to corral the loose puck just in front of the crease and poke it past Budaj at 9:08 into the second period to give the Islanders a 3-0 lead.

Travis Hamonic and David Desharnais lunge for a loose puck at Nassau Coliseum on November 17, 2011. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Canadiens would not go quietly, though. After a Mike Mottau turnover, Lars Elder found Max Pacioretty for a one-time slapshot that beat DiPietro over his left shoulder at the 14:52 mark. Minutes later, Erik Cole sent a shot past a sprawling DiPietro to cut the Canadiens’ deficit to 3-2.

Just 27 seconds later, the Islanders built their lead back to two when Matt Moulson found an opening between Budaj’s pads to give the Islanders a 4-2 lead.

Steve Staois took a boarding penalty with just under six minutes remaining in the game, and the Canadiens converted late in the powerplay when Mike Cammalleri found Brian Gionta, but it was ultimately too little too late.

We knew that we had to start winning games,” Travis Hamonic said. “This was the biggest game of the year so far. We did a lot of good things tonight and have to make sure we keep going in the right direction.

The Islanders will wrap up their three-game home stand on Saturday when they play the Boston Bruins. They will salute the Islanders first captain, Ed Westfall, by inducting him into the Islanders Hall of Fame.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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